Montgomery switches from OLB to DE

Montgomery switches from OLB to DE
September 24, 2013, 8:15 pm
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Texans third-round pick Sam Montgomery has a new position.

The former defensive end at LSU, who became an outside linebacker upon his arrival to the NFL, will now be a defensive end in the Texans' 3-4 scheme.

Montgomery struggled with conditioning and then suffered an ankle injury in camp. He made the 53-man roster but hasn't played, while undrafted rookies Willie Jefferson and Justin Tuggle jumped him in the depth chart.

“He just didn’t look comfortable in a standup position and now that (defensive line coach Bill Kollar) has been working with him in his stance, he’s playing a lot better,” fellow defensive end Antonio Smith said on Sports Radio 610.

Montgomery will now wear No. 95. He switched with Tuggle, who will get 57.

Playing defensive end will allow Montgomery to play in a three-point stance and will let him focus on rushing the passer without worrying about dropping into coverage. Montgomery played defensive end in college.

Montgomery is listed at 6-3, 260, which is small for a defensive end in a 3-4 defense. The Texans' four other defensive ends weight at least 285. While Montgomery lacks size, he has some pure pass-rushing ability. He had 17 sacks in his final two years at LSU.